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The BNP Paribas Showdown (formerly NetJets Showdown, Billie Jean King Cup) was a one-night exhibition tennis event operated by GF Sports and held at Madison Square Garden in New York City each February or March since 2008.

BNP Paribas Showdown
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Tournament information
LocationManhattan, New York
United States
VenueMadison Square Garden (2008-2017)
CategoryExhibition
SurfaceHard Indoor
Draw4-8 players
WebsiteOfficial website

The Showdown is part of World Tennis Day, an initiative to increase tennis participation around the world. The event serves as the kick-off to the tennis season in North America, with the USTA running thousands of clinics across the country throughout the spring. The event format has changed from year-to-year including male and female current and retired players playing singles and doubles.

Some of the greatest players of all-time have taken part in the BNP Paribas Showdown including: Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Bob & Mike Bryan.

The 2017 Showdown included Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza, Juan Martín del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Jack Sock, Nick Kyrgios, Andy Roddick, & Lleyton Hewitt in a team format. Team World defeated Team Americas 29-24.[1]

BNP Paribas withdrew their sponsorship and an alternate sponsor could not be found, so Tie Break Tens took its place at the Madison Square Garden.[2]

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Event HistoryEdit

The BNP Paribas Showdown is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017. In 2008, the event was known as the NetJets Showdown, the return of tennis to Madison Square Garden after almost a decade hiatus.[3] A sold-out crowd saw Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, arguably considered the two greatest players in history at the time, face-off. Federer defeated Sampras in a classic, 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(6).

2009 marked the inaugural year of the Billie Jean King Cup and the first time women's tennis had been played at Madison Square Garden since 2000, when the year-ending Chase Championships were held there. The event featured Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Janković. Serena Williams won her semifinal match against Ana Ivanovic 6–3, and Venus Williams won hers 6–4 against Jelena Janković. The final was won by Serena 6–4, 6–3.[4] The Billie Jean King Cup returned in 2010 and was won by Venus Williams.

In 2011, the event was renamed the BNP Paribas Showdown and was a celebration of American tennis legends and two of the greatest rivalries in the sport's history: Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe and Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. From 2011 to 2016, several other Grand Slam champions and former World No. 1's have played at the Garden.

In 2013, the BNP Paribas Showdown event was expanded and began to held in Hong Kong for the first time.[5] That event was also played in 2014. In 2014, the Showdown expanded from New York and Hong Kong and was played in London.[6]

The 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown featured a team format for the first time in the event's history. It also featured mixed doubles as an official event for the first time. Team World, captained by Lleyton Hewitt, defeated Team Americas, captained by Andy Roddick 29-24. [7]

Tennis Night in America (TNIA)Edit

In 2009, Tennis Night in America launched as one of the USTA's top national marketing initiatives designed to increase grassroots tennis participation across the country. The promotion underscored a "National Junior Tennis Registration Night" at over 700 locations on March 2, the date of the 2009 Showdown at Madison Square Garden, which also coincided with the start of the professional tennis season in North America.

Connecting grassroots tennis with professional tennis, Tennis Night in America was able to deliver the 2009 Showdown via closed circuit television to tennis clubs throughout the country, allowing one night in March to bring together tennis players of all ages and abilities, as they pay tribute to the game that they love so much.[8]

The 2017 edition will be played on 6 March 2017, introducing a new "Fast Format" for the 4 matches that will be played. The schedule was announced on 26 October 2016.[9]

World Tennis DayEdit

In 2014, following the success of the 2013 BNP Paribas Showdown in both New York and Hong Kong, StarGames launched World Tennis Day as part of an effort to increase global tennis participation.[10] World Tennis Day is highlighted by international grassroots initiatives and culminates with the BNP Paribas Showdown.

List of WinnersEdit

New YorkEdit

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2017 Team World Team Americas 29-24
2016   Gaël Monfils   Stan Wawrinka 7–6(6), 6–3
  Serena Williams   Caroline Wozniacki 7–5, 6–4
2015   Gabriela Sabatini   Monica Seles 8–5
  Grigor Dimitrov   Roger Federer 6–2, 1–6, 7–5
2014   Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan   John McEnroe & Patrick McEnroe 8–3
  Novak Djokovic   Andy Murray 6–3, 7–6(2)
2013   Serena Williams   Victoria Azarenka 6–4, 6–3
  Juan Martín del Potro   Rafael Nadal 7–6(4), 6–4
2012   Maria Sharapova   Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 6–4
  Andy Roddick   Roger Federer 7-5, 7–6(7)
2011   Ivan Lendl   John McEnroe 3–6, ret.
  Pete Sampras   Andre Agassi 6–3, 7–5
2010   Venus Williams   Kim Clijsters 6–4, 3–6, 7–5
2009   Serena Williams   Venus Williams 6–4, 6–3
2008   Roger Federer   Pete Sampras 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–6(6)

Hong KongEdit

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2014   Sam Stosur   Li Na 6–4, 6–3
  Lleyton Hewitt   Tomas Berdych 6–4, 7–5
2013   Agnieska Radwanska   Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 6–4
  John McEnroe   Ivan Lendl 8–5

LondonEdit

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2014   Pat Cash   Ivan Lendl 8–6
  Andre Agassi   Pete Sampras 6–3, 7–6(1)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.worldtennisday.com/index.php/media/view/world-team-wins-bnpp-showdown
  2. ^ https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2017/09/04/Marketing-and-Sponsorship/Open-notebook.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.worldtennisday.com/newyork/history/NY2008
  4. ^ Serena Willams wins the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.worldtennisday.com/newyork/history/NY2013
  6. ^ http://www.worldtennisday.com/newyork/history/2014-history
  7. ^ http://www.worldtennisday.com/index.php/media/view/world-team-wins-bnpp-showdown
  8. ^ Tennis Night in America Press Release - Business Wire
  9. ^ "BNP Paribas Showdown 10th Anniversary Field Announced". World Tennis Day. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  10. ^ http://www.worldtennisday.com/about

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